The Chevrolet Monte Carlo is a two-door coupe that began production in 1970 and spanned several generations until it was discontinued for the first time in 1988. Chevrolet reintroduced the model in 1995. 2007 was the Monte Carlo’s last model year before it was replaced by the Chevrolet Camaro. The Monte Carlo has been a steady seller for most of its history. It has always had a core of enthusiasts who like the car’s unique, bold look and powerful engines.
Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6 flex-fuel, 3.5-liter V-6, 5.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS, Chevrolet Monte Carlo LT, Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
The 2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo is similar to previous models, with just a couple of differences. The 2007 models add more engine options and a more powerful SS model. Chevrolet also tones down the trim for a simpler exterior appearance.
The 2007 Monte Carlo features large headlights that house three independent lighting units in the front. The SS model has an altered front end with a dual-split grille sporting a black diamond pattern. The LS and the LT models have a rear deck lid spoiler, while the SS gets a NASCAR-style spoiler. Another upgrade on the SS exterior is Corvette-inspired exhaust outlets and optional rally stripes. The LS model has 16-inch wheels standard and runs on a soft suspension, the LT gets 17-inch wheels and the SS receives 18-inch wheels with both models, attaining a firmer suspension. The Monte Carlo is large for a modern coupe, with a 110.5-inch wheel base and measuring a total of 196.7 inches. It is 55.8 inches tall and 72.9 inches wide. The Monte Carlo is available in a range of exterior finishes.
The 2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo seats up to five on firm cushions. The front seats feature increased lumbar support over past models. Leather seats are optional. The gauge layout is altered as well. This year’s model features a cockpit-inspired theme, which includes chrome accents and chrome gearshift. Cruise control is mounted on the steering wheel and auxiliary radio controls may be installed on the steering wheel as well. Some options include dual-climate control, six-way power driver’s seat and heated front seats, remote start, and an upgraded stereo system. The base system is a CD stereo, this can be upgraded to a CD/MP3 stereo with satellite radio, and the top-tier option includes all of this on a premium Bose system. OnStar also comes standard.
Performance & Handling
The standard engine is a 3.5-liter V-6, which produces 211-hp and 214 lb-ft of torque. This base engine can be configured for regular gasoline or for E85, or flex-fuel, all without sacrificing power. The 5.3-liter V-8 in the SS produces 303-hp and 323 lb-ft of torque. Added to the SS is a cylinder-deactivation feature, which cuts the fuel delivery when it is not needed. All models have a four-speed automatic transmission.
The base model engines perform well, and merging and passing are not a problem. The SS model is impressive in acceleration and speed, and drivers feel the difference between the two. All offer a smooth ride, but the suspension on the LT and the SS are tighter, so drivers may feel potholes and other imperfections a bit more. Stop-and-go traffic and city driving are not a problem either, but visibility in the rear can make parking in tight areas difficult. Drivers should be aware of a significant blind spot when switching lanes.
Some standard safety features on the 2007 Monte Carlo include seatbelt pretensioners, a tire pressure monitor, front airbags, and LATCH child-seat attachments for the second row. The LT and the SS models get upgraded all-disc anti-lock brakes. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags and traction control are both optional.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS, LT: 18/27 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- SS performance
- Roomy interior
- Bold style
You Won't Like
- Limited safety features
- Lack of luxury features
- 3.9-liter model discontinued
A powerful and roomy coupe with a unique style.
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